Use existing knowledge of related words and concepts to improve retention of new vocabulary; focus on spelling; personalize meanings


Dictionaries are almost essential to the success of this activity.


Discuss this example of an acrostic: What are the parts? What is the whole? How are the parts related to the whole? (Hint: Initials)

Only my things

What I have

Not yours

Given a set of new vocabulary words to be tested in the near future:

Compose acrostics for them. Put them on the chalkboard. Copy the acrostics of your classmates. The instructor circulates to be sure that the horizontal parts relate adequately to the vertical part. The instructor encourages any acrostics that tell a story or attempt to form one complete sentence. The instructor may or may not suggest grammatical improvements. The instructor must indicate spelling errors.